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1098. How to Get Easy to Understand PHP Performance Metrics to Quickly Improve Your PHP Application Performance

Updated on: 2022-06-21

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Measuring the performance of an application is a complex subject. You need to learn many aspects so you can determine how to measure the performance values, so you can make good decisions on what you can do to change your application code, to make your code run faster in a way that is noticeable by the application users.

Visual tools can help you as an application developer to view and interpret the current performance values, so you can compare those values before and after you make code changes, so you can confirm that your application will really run faster after you make those code changes.

Read this short article to learn more about how to visualize the performance values of your Laravel or Symfony applications any time you want using the Scout APM tool for free.


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1097. How to Find Slow Requests Using a PHP Performance Monitoring Tool with Laravel or Symfony Applications

Updated on: 2022-06-07

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If you have a site and you notice that it is slow, that is an issue that may affect the user experience, and users may leave the site for that reason.

To solve the slowness problem, first, you need to find the causes that make the site slow before you can start fixing the performance issues.

Read this short article to learn more about how to find and fix slow requests served in your Laravel or Symfony applications using the Scout APM tool for free.


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1096. How to Use a PHP Performance Monitoring Tool to Solve N+1 Queries Problem in Laravel or Symfony Applications

Updated on: 2022-06-07

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Many PHP applications use an Object-Relational Mapping (ORM) approach to store and retrieve application objects using SQL to query relational databases.

N+1 Queries is the problem many applications have with using traditional approaches to implement Object-Relational Mapping (ORM). These approaches may cause performance loss if the developers still need to fix the application code to avoid this problem.

Read this short article to learn more about N+1 queries and how to find and fix performance issues caused by these queries in your Laravel or Symfony applications using the Scout APM tool for free.


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1093. How to Make Your Laravel or Symfony PHP Applications Faster Using the Scout APM Tool for Free to Discover Optimization Opportunities

Updated on: 2022-06-07

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The performance of your PHP applications is now more critical than ever before because the user experience has become an even more crucial factor in determining the quality of Web sites and applications.

Slow applications may lose visitors coming from search engines like Google because it considers performance one of the most critical factors in evaluating the user experience of Web sites and applications.

Read this short article to learn how to find and fix performance issues faster in your Laravel or Symfony applications using the Scout APM tool for free.


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514. The Fastest Method to Evaluate Tune the Performance of Any PHP Web Application Server using MySQL or PostgreSQL

Updated on: 2017-01-27

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In the Web development world, we often have the problem of choosing the right server to use in the production environment of a Web application.

Maybe we need to buy a new server to handle the expected load, or maybe the customer wants to deploy in an existing server.

In any case, if after deploying and running the application it will show poor performance, then we need to ask the team what we can do to make the application faster or use a better server.

Therefore we need to determine if the application is performing well. Read this article to learn how to quickly determine the performance of an application on the current server.


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495. Developing for PHP Scalability using Web Application Performance Testing of a Load

Updated on: 2016-12-13

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If your web site project is expected to handle many concurrent requests, then you must develop with scalability in mind, so you can eliminate or minimize down time.

While there are many facets to scalability, load testing is how you prove your concept in development instead of crossing your fingers and hoping everything works out in production.

Learn some of the basic concepts behind load testing, like bottlenecks, scaling, concurrent virtual users and instantaneous peak.

Read this article learn how to perform proper Web site load testing with the WAPT tool.


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493. PHP Performance Comparison 2018 and 2017 - PHP Benchmark Script to Figure How Each PHP Version Compare in Speed Improvements between PHP 5 vs PHP 7.0 vs 7.1 with OpCache vs PHP 8 or PHP 7.2 with a PHP JIT Features

Updated on: 2018-03-17

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Since its creation in 1994 by Rasmus Lerdorf, the PHP language has gone through many improvements. Performance is one of the main criteria developers consider when they evaluate upgrading to a newer version.

Read this article to learn how performance improved across the latest PHP versions starting from PHP 5 up to the latest developments, including the recent version 7.1 with opcache optimizations, as well as the experimental JIT branch that will be become part of PHP 8 or PHP 7.2 the next version.


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469. PHP 8 Performance to be Boosted with a JIT engine - Lately in PHP podcast episode 76

Updated on: 2016-12-23

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Recently Dmitry Stogov of Zend announced that he is restarting the work on JIT engine that eventually will boost the performance of PHP 8.

These great news was one of the main topics discussed by Manuel Lemos and Johnny Mast on the episode 76 of the Lately in PHP podcast now also being streamed using livecoding.tv.

In this episode they also commented about new proposals for PHP like having both PHP 5 and PHP 7 builds running on the same Web server, single entry PHP apps for reducing the overhead of application bootstrap code, type strict comparisons, built-in request and response objects in PHP, among other topics.

This article also contains the transcript of the podcast summary.

Listen to the podcast, or watch the hangout video to learn more about these interesting PHP topics.


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355. How to Use Queue To Speedup PHP Processing Tasks Part 2: Processing Queued Tasks

Updated on: 2016-03-09

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As it was explained in the first part of the article, queues are great to defer the processing long tasks, allowing to provide faster user interfaces so users do not have to wait for those tasks to complete.

Read this article to learn how to efficiently process queued tasks in PHP and keep track of the results.


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321. PHP 7 Performance Improvements May Increase if You Optimize it to Your Application using to PGO

Updated on: 2015-10-19

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One of the greatest improvements of PHP 7 is the increase performance of the code in general aspects.

However, a little known fact is that PHP 7 performance can be increased further by optimize itself for specific applications using Profile-Guided Optimization (PGO) support.

In a recent article Intel researchers announced that PHP 7 built with PGO support may run WordPress about 7% or 8% faster when compared to PHP 7 built the using default way.

Read this article to learn more about PGO and how you can benefit from this optimization to make PHP 7 run even faster than it already runs.


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